Trump silent on UN climate warning

10 October, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
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"One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes", said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I, tasked with assessing the physical science basis for climate change.

"The next few years are probably the most important in human history", Debra Roberts, head of the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department in Durban, South Africa, and an IPCC co-chair, told AFP.

The report recommended far-reaching changes to land use, urban planning, infrastructure systems and energy use - changes that will be "unprecedented in terms of scale". The atmosphere is nearly 1 degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) hotter than it was at the start of the industrial revolution, and burning more fossil fuels will accelerate the shift toward higher temperatures, the group said in its report.

The authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report released Monday that urgent, global action is required to stave off the devastating implications of climate change. It compares the impact of global warming of 1.5C and 2C.

Ministers now face calls to replace the current target of cutting emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 with a zero-carbon target in line with the 1.5C goal.

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If every country fulfills the pledges it made for the Paris agreement in 2015, the world may still warm 2.6 to 3.2 degrees C by the end of the century, by some estimates.

These are just a few examples taken from a depressingly long list of climate change threats that would be made significantly more unsafe if the temperature were to rise by 2°C or beyond by the end of the century. Global CO2 emissions may need to peak around 2020.

Reining in the emissions of another greenhouse gas, methane, from the cultivation of cattle, rice and other agricultural products - even as farmers need to feed a growing global population.

And, in Norfolk, the Green Party says all levels of government, including local councils, need to heed the warning from the scientists who put together the report.

So how can we make sure that warming does not exceed 1.5°C and take us into highly unsafe territory?

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"This is concerning because we know there are so many more problems if we exceed 1.5 degrees C global warming, including more heat waves and hot summers, greater sea level rise, and, for many parts of the world, worse droughts and rainfall extremes", Andrew King, a climate science academic at the University of Melbourne, said in a statement to CNN.

The Nobel Prize-winning organisation said that the world was well off track in its goal of limiting global temperature rise to below 1.5ºC and heading for 2ºC or more. "But doing so would require unprecedented changes". "It is also expected to drive the loss of coastal resources, and reduce the productivity of aquaculture", the report says.

"Oil use is reduced consistently across most of 1.5°C scenarios, about a 30 to 80 percent reduction from 2010 levels in 2050". Add Climate Change as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Climate Change news, video, and analysis from ABC News. The new report will feed into a process called the 'Talanoa Dialogue, ' in which parties to the Paris accord will take stock of what has been accomplished over the past three years. Any additional emissions would require the removal of Carbon dioxide from the air.

Greenpeace East Asia climate and energy campaigner Walton Li said Hong Kong possessed one of the largest carbon footprints in the world and had a responsibility to "radically" revise its emissions strategy. When the next climate talks happen this December, the new report is created to give governments the incentive to go much further, faster.

In addition to the carbon tax, the federal government is moving on a number of fronts, both at home and internationally - phasing out coal-fired power; investing in public transit; requiring cleaner fuels; and financing clean technology development.

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